Monday, December 04, 2006

New Speaker Updates

I'm fielding lots of phone calls and e-mails (even taking some flak) about the status of the new speakers, primarily the CS3.7. Yes, yes, we announced them last CES, and no, they're not shipping yet, BUT...we have some new developments. Read on.

First, the price has been decided upon for the CS3.7s. Those interested can follow the link for product pricing in the navigation bar of our homepage (I could just announce it here, but that would be too easy :) ). Secondly, as some of you may know, one of the big delays on the CS3.7 has been making sure the metal cabinet materials would be workable. We just received some new samples of metal cabinet parts, so Jim is very hard at work evaluating their usefulness. Even if they aren't perfect, this is VERY good news because it means tooling for these parts is largely done. Lead times on such things is typically very long, so I feel like we're headed down the home stretch. We will be building several pairs of CS3.7s for CES that should be largely, if not entirely, representative of the final, product. We are still not certain of a release date, but we are getting close. Have you heard that before?

SCS4s, our new LCR / bookshelf speaker is very exciting as well. Sadly, it's introduction is being somewhat eclipsed by the CS3.7. Not only will this be cheaper than the SCS3, but will probably sound better. We received a sample metal baffle for it today which looks awfully good. We didn't order it to be totally painted or anodized, but that's what we got. I guess that's why they're called samples. It's going to be a lot of fun to have a sub $1,000 speaker again. We haven't had one since the CS.5 which was a smash. Lots of people who wouldn't otherwise be able to enjoy THIELs will get to thanks to this model. We will be playing an advanced version of the SCS4 prototype at CES.

My first thought about playing $1,000 each center and rear speakers with nearly $10,000 each mains (oops, meant to force you to the pricing link) was that it was a kind of insane. But, now I think that it's actually not an unlikely match up in the real world. Why? Someone who wants a killer stereo setup that also does occasional surround for movies won't want to put $5000 into each speaker (despite the merits of doing so). Instead, he or she can spend the big bucks on the front left and right speakers, and still get a timbre matched set of THIEL center and rear speakers that will perfectly integrate with their THIEL SmartSub. This is all done without raking the other kid's college fund. This is a really inexpensive way to build a smokin' home theatre that has an obvious budget-focus towards your 2 channel habit (read addiction).

That's all for now! Let me know if you've got any questions.

Your excuse-maker for why the CS3.7s aren't out yet,



Blogger christopherf said...

Dear Gary,
In your most recent comments you wrote "First, the price has been decided upon for the CS3.7s. Those interested can follow the link for product pricing in the navigation bar of our homepage." When I did that I was brought to a page that asked for my email address because prices are different worldwide. In short no price.

11:13 AM  
Blogger gdayton said...

Yes! You're correct. If you enter your e-mail address, a US retail price list will be mailed to you. We're not spammers and we won't put you on a list, so have no fear. Just please note that it's up to Int'l dealers and distributors to decide upon their own price, so naturally, we don't have any numbers to publish for pricing outside the US. Thanks for reading!

11:35 AM  

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